For many years the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has had a policy position that it should be mandatory for planning authorities to adopt regimes using the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  Many planning authorities prefer to retain Section 106 as the system used to apply community benefit under the planning system, ignoring the CIL system.  This means that many local councils which have made a Neighbourhood Plan and are entitled in theory to 25% of CIL receipts from their planning authority to plough back into their community – cannot access such funds if their planning authority does not use a CIL regime.  NALC believes it should be mandatory for planning authorities for this reason to adopt CIL regimes.

Pannal and Burn Bridge Parish Council in the Harrogate Borough Council area of West Yorkshire have had a particularly difficult experience and for this reason wanted to submit a proposal direct to Government under the Sustainable Communities Act to ask Government to make the adoption of CIL regimes by local councils mandatory.  In order to help us gather evidence to support this proposal please complete this short survey (it will only take 5 minutes) by 17:00 on Friday 29 June 2018.

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* 1. Do you agree that the Government should make the adoption of CIL regimes by planning authorities mandatory?

* 2. If you answered yes to question 1 - why do you think the Government has not yet made the adoption of CIL regimes by planning authorities mandatory?

* 3. Does your own planning authority have a CIL regime?

* 4. If you answered yes to question 3, why do you think your planning authority has adopted a CIL regime?

* 5. Some local councils want to work on cross-border infrastructure projects with neighbouring local councils but find planning authority interference a problem.  Is this a problem in your area?

* 6. If you answered yes to question 5, why do you think this is the case?

* 7. Does your local council want to decide how many affordable homes should be built in its area and where?

* 8. Does your local council believe that housing targets set for the planning authority to meet are artificially high?

* 9. Has your local council also found Section 106 to be a system which allows planning authorities to avoid making planning decisions in a reasonable time frame?

* 10. Would your local council welcome the chance to claim CIL receipts from its made Neighbourhood Plan in a climate of mandatory CIL regimes – to plough monies back into the community on social, economic and environmental projects to enhance sustainability?